Graphical vs. Table Editor Mode - Which One to Use?

  • by Graham Wong, Co-Founder, HR Focal Point
  • June 15, 2004
One of the many new features in SAP HR 4.6x is an improved user interface. The author describes the graphical and table editor modes that manage the configuration of HR features, schemas, and rules. He focuses on the differences between the two modes.

As the SAP HR module has evolved, new features and user interfaces have added functionality and improved user interaction. With the later 4.6x releases, for example, improvements in the underlying ABAP technology framework have allowed for the use of ABAP controls technology, such as the ALV (ABAP List Viewer) and tree controls. You can see the changes to the user interface in the editors dealing with the configuration of HR features, schemas, and rules. I’m going to highlight some of the major differences between the graphical and table editor modes and highlight improvements to the feature, schema, and rule editor user interface. I’ll also show how to quickly switch between editor modes.

In previous SAP releases, maintenance of features, schemas, and rules was carried out through a table editor interface (Figure 1). This table mode allows for command-line keystrokes that allow the knowledgeable user to perform source text maintenance tasks such as copying, deleting, navigating, and inserting lines. The table editor interface is considered more technically oriented. It relies on the user to remember keystroke combinations to carry out editing tasks that may not be accessible through toolbar buttons or menu options of the table editor interface.

Graham Wong

Graham Wong is a consultant and co-founder HR Focal Point, an SAP and technology consulting company. He has been working with SAP applications and technology since 1994. He holds bachelors degrees in commerce and French from the University of Virginia as well as a master's degree in management information systems from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

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